SpaceX space tourists complete the first-ever three-day mission in Earth's orbit without professional astronauts on board
Four space tourists of the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission have safely landed off Florida's coast. They have completed the first of its kind three-day mission in Earth's orbit without professional astronauts with them. The SpaceX Dragon capsule's in-built heat shield helped them to withstand the descent before the spacecraft was slowed down by four large parachutes, after which it splashed into the ocean.
The return of space tourists from the orbit followed a plunge through Earth's atmosphere that generated a frictional heat which increased the surroundings outside of the capsule spiraling to 1,927 degrees Celsius (3,500 degrees Fahrenheit). But, the space tourists had unique ventilation systems designed to keep them cool if the cabin heated up.
SpaceX, one of the leading private rocketry companies founded by tycoon Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla electric carmaker, had supplied the spacecraft, which launched from Florida and flew to the Earth's orbit from the company's suburban Los Angeles headquarters. It is reported that Isaacman paid an undisclosed sum for all four space tourists on the mission.